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From Dysregulation to Regulation: Helping the Overwhelmed Child to find their Calm within the School Environment

From Dysregulation to Regulation: Helping the Overwhelmed Child to find their Calm within the School Environment

Dates: Monday 15th - Friday 19th August 2022
Times: 9.30 am - 2.00 pm
Venue: Monaghan Education Centre
Facilitator: Aideen Flynn, PG Dip Ed, MA, M-IAPTP

Aideen has worked with children in educational settings for 20 years, specialising in S.E.N. and children with complex needs. She is a child and adolescent psychotherapist working in private practice in The Treasure Within, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Clinic, Quin, Co. Clare. From here she empowers children, their families and teachers to work together to enable the struggling child be the best he or she can be.


Never in the history of calming down has anyone ever calmed down when told to “Calm Down!” When we feel overwhelmed what we long for is connection. We want someone calm and loving to be with us, to let us know we are seen, heard, cared for and understood. No-one needs, or deserves this type of response more than our children.

Children are not yet efficient or developmentally capable of self-regulation when overwhelmed. They are in survival mode. Engaging in reasoning and logical discussion at this point is futile. The child’s prefrontal cortex or thinking brain is no longer accessible to him. He is now being driven by his emotional centre which does not do logic. The nature of the trigger is irrelevant in this moment, what is relevant is how the adult responds. A calm empathic response of a caring adult, within a structured and predictable environment will promote a felt sense of safety and calm. In this way the adult’s ability to provide co-regulation will help the child to return from dysregulation to regulation.

This CPD course will support educators to recognise the signs of dysregulation and to meet the dysregulated child’s need in those moments and beyond.

The participants will learn:

  • To understand and manage big feelings, from temper outbursts to anxieties
  • How to respond to those feelings in a child centred way to enable regulation
  • How to create an atmosphere that promotes regulation rather than dysregulation
  • To set limits and boundaries without shaming

Course Content Outline

  • Psychoeducation on Emotional Overwhelm and the Brain
  • Creative & play-based activities to promote regulation
  • C.A.L.M. Response to emotional overwhelm
    • Connect – Acknowledge – Listen – Mirror Back 
  • It’s all about Limits – Limit Setting without shame.
    • Some Basics
    • A.C.T. Model
    • Choice/ Consequences
  • Creating a safe learning environment that promotes regulation
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Course Details

Course Date 15-08-2022 9:30 am
Course End Date 19-08-2022 2:00 pm
Capacity 25
Available place 0
Cut off date 08-08-2022
Individual Price Free
Speaker Aideen Flynn, PG Dip Ed, MA, M-IAPTP
Number Hours 20
Location Monaghan Education Centre

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